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Physicians Laboratory, Ltd.’s pathologists and staff work to provide the highest quality patient care and client services in the area. All pathologists are certified by the American Board of Pathology. PL also has an inspection team supported by the College of American Pathologists to evaluate facilities and procedures. 

spolson.jpgSteven P. Olson, M.D.

Dr. Olson received his MD degree from the University of Iowa and his training in pathology and nuclear medicine from the University of Iowa. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as nuclear medicine. Dr. Olson’s special fields of expertise are Gastrointestinal Pathology, Dermatopathology, and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Olson has been with Physicians Laboratory since 1986 and currently serves as its president.

 

 

 kkmurphy.jpgKarla K. Murphy, M.D.

Dr. Murphy received her MD degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and her training in pathology from Sioux Valley Hospital and R.C.Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Her areas of expertise in the clinical laboratory include Microbiology, Hematology, and Coagulation.  She also has expertise in general surgical pathology, with emphasis on Breast and Gynecologic Pathology,  and Bone Marrows.

 

Dr. Sneed 2012.JPGDiane C. Sneed, M.D.

Dr. Sneed received her MD degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and her training in pathology from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Sneed’s special fields of expertise include transplant pathology and pathology of the breast.

 

rasulaiman.jpgRaed Sulaiman, M.D.

Dr. Sulaiman received his MD degree from the University of Tishreen in Syria. He did his pathology residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, Rhode Island Hospital of Brown University and the University of Minnesota. He completed a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. His areas of interest include surgical pathology, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology, bone marrow pathology, renal and transplant pathology, and performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration cytology. Dr. Sulaiman joined the PL team in July 1997 and he is the medical director of Avera McKennan Laboratory.

 

 

kmlorenzen.jpgKim Lorenzen, M.D.

Dr. Lorenzen received his MD degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, his general pathology training at the University of Nebraska, and his specialty training in forensic pathology at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as forensic pathology. Dr. Lorenzen is also a certified medical review officer.

                                                       

brprouse.jpgBruce Prouse, MD

Physicians Laboratory welcomed Dr. Bruce R. Prouse on August 1, 2005.  Dr. Prouse received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD.  He completed a pathology residency at the University of South Dakota School of Medical Pathology Residency in Sioux Falls, SD followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.  In addition to being board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Dr. Prouse is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

                                                       

sjjohnson.jpgStephanie Johnson, M.D.

Physicians Laboratory welcomed Dr. Stephanie Johnson on Jan. 1, 2007. Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. She completed her Pathology Residency there followed by a Fellowship of Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Johnson is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Her areas of special interest are breast pathology and cytology.

 

rdstrom.jpgRichard D. Strom, M.D.

Physicians Laboratory welcomed Dr. Richard Strom on Sept. 1, 2009.  He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and completed his combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine Department of Pathology in Sioux Falls.  Dr. Strom then completed a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Spokane, WA.  His areas of interest include all of general surgical pathology for the variety it offers. 

  

 

Dr. Langel 2013 00 Medium Web view.jpgDesiree J. Langel, MD

Physicians Laboratory welcomed Dr. Langel on Nov. 2, 2009.  She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha and completed her combined Anatomic and clinical Pathology residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.  Following residency, she completed fellowship training in the subspecialties of Surgical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Dermatopathology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Her area of special interest and expertise is Dermatopathology.

   

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Michelle J. Bleile, MD

Dr. Michelle Bleile is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado and completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.  Following residency she completed fellowship training in Iowa City in the subspecialties of Hematopathology and Surgical Pathology. 

 

 

 jchoate.jpgJacquelyn Choate, M.D.

Dr. Jacquelyn Choate is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.  Following residency, she completed fellowship training in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. 

            

 

 

Dr. Griggs pics 00 Small Web view.jpgShannon Gabriel-Griggs, MD

Dr. Griggs is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis, MN and completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.  Following residency she completed fellowship training in Iowa City in the subspecialties of Hematopathology and Surgical Pathology.

 

 

 

 
Dr. Peck photo.jpgHeather R. Peck, MD

Dr. Peck is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD and completed her combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  Following residency she was with the 88th Medical Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

 

 

 


Lori Sinclair, MD

Dr. Sinclair received her MD degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA.  She completed a pathology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at the same facility.  Dr. Sinclair is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. 

               

 

      

            

 

rcmclaren1.jpg  Roxy C. McLaren, MD. (retired)

Dr. McLaren received her MD degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and she completed her pathology training at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.           

 

 

 

jgruhn.jpgJenny Starks, PA-MHS

Jenny Gruhn is a native of Spencer, Iowa, and graduated from Spencer High School in 1995. She attended The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science degree. In June 1999, she started classes at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in the Pathologist Assistant graduate program. She graduated in May 2001 with a Masters of Health Science degree. She is a member of the American Association of Pathologist Assistants (AAPA).

 

kwhalen.jpgKirsten Whalen, PA-MHS

Kirsten Whalen is a native of Chatfield, MN and graduated from Chosen Valley High School in 2000. She attended Hamline University, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Biology. In August 2005 she began classes at Duke University in the Pathologist Assistant graduate program. She graduated in July 2007 with a Masters of Health Science degree. She is a CAP certified Pathology Assistant and a member of the American Association of Pathologist Assistants (AAPA).

Rachel website.jpgRachel Young, MLS (ASCP), PA-MS

Rachel Young attended Illinois State University, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in in Biological Sciences, and then subsequently graduating in 2008 with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  In 2011 she began classes at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the Pathology Assistant graduate program.  Rachel graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Health Science degree, becoming board-certified in September, 2013.